Dalit girl, 16, abducted & raped by three in Hathras


AGRA: A 16-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly abducted and gangraped by three men on Holi in a Hathras village.
Based on the girl’s complaint, police booked the accused and later detained them.
In her complaint, the girl alleged that she was abducted by three persons — including two identified accused — when she had gone to relieve herself around 2 pm on March 29, said police.

She alleged that one of the identified accused covered her mouth and nose with a piece of cloth and soon she passed out. “Upon regaining, I found myself at another identified accused’s sister house,” claimed the girl.

The girl alleged that she was raped by the three accused that night. When she started crying and screaming for help, they gagged her with a piece of cloth and dropped her at her village the next day, said the complainant, adding that upon reaching home, she narrated her ordeal to her parents.

Interacting with the media, the girl claimed that she had informed police about the crime the last day, but they did not take any action. “Also, police threatened to arrest me along with my father and brother if I spoke against the accused,” alleged the girl.

Thereafter, on Thursday, she approached Hathras superintendent of police Vineet Jaiswal, who assured her of all help, said the girl.

Talking to TOI, the SP said an FIR was registered under section 376 D (gang rape) and other relevant sections of the IPC, SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act against the accused. “The accused have been detained for the questioning and further investigations are on.”

The SP said that though the girl had given her statement to the police the last day, she had not mentioned that she was raped. In her statement, which was videoed, she stated that she went to Agra after her mother scolded her, but returned home as she started missing her family. The girl had also stated that “she did not want to lodge an FIR”.

(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Court directives on cases related to sexual assault)

This story first appeared on  thetimesofindia.com

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